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5 minutes with Manasi Nandi

Dr Manasi Nandi is a Reader in Integrative Pharmacology. She was recently appointed as the new academic lead for Development, Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences. We caught up with her to discuss the importance of slowing down, biological waveforms and her favourite scientist.

Manasi Nandi

Looking back, did the pandemic and resulting lockdowns teach you anything you’re willing to share?

That it’s sometimes important to slow down and look after yourself and those around you.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

If something doesn’t make sense, then it doesn’t make sense. Keep asking questions until it does.

Do you have any current projects that you’d like to tell us about?

My team is developing a technology to try and extract more information from data that is routinely collected but currently underused. It specifically looks at patterns and shapes of biological waveforms like arterial pulse waves and breathing. We’re lucky to be able to partner with NHS colleagues to validate it in real patient data. So far, it seems to be more sensitive at picking up small changes that can tell that a person is starting to change or deteriorate, in the earliest stages, when other measures look unremarkable. It’s an interdisciplinary project and I’m really enjoying collaborating with people from diverse disciplines like mathematics and bioengineering.

What do you do with your time outside academia/work?

Feeding people and being fed.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

The successes of students and fellows – it’s nice to know I had a small part to play in that.

What is your favourite thing about working at King’s?

The people.


Favourite season:


Favourite London restaurant:


Favourite scientist:

Frances Kelsey

Coffee order:

Decaf after midday

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Manasi  Nandi

Manasi Nandi

Reader, Integrative Pharmacology

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